Summer Work Study Program

Spend your summer working full-time gaining both work experience and earning additional funds.

Similar to the Work Study program offered during the academic year, the Summer Work Study Program (SWSP) provides you with an opportunity to work full-time at the university over the summer months. The SWSP runs from late-April to the end of August.

Benefits of the Summer Work Study Program

As a Work Study student, you are an important part of the university community. Not only are you a student, but a valuable employee! The following are some additional benefits of working on-campus through Work Study:

  • Valuable professional development opportunities at convenient on-campus locations.
  • Jobs vary and, in most cases, you can find a position related to your field of study.
  • Provides you with valuable life and work experience.
  • Flexible hours that work around your school schedule.
  • Additional funding to ensure you can fully fund your educational expenses.

Applying for Summer Work Study Positions

To apply, you will find the applications via the portal. Login using your myInfo login information, then select > JOB & VOLUNTEER POSTINGS > LU SUMMER WORK STUDY PROGRAM (SWSP). Apply early to ensure you are considered for the position you want.


  1. Eligibility Application:

    Open: March 1- May 20, 2019

    Login to the portal using your myInfo login information, then select > JOB & VOLUNTEER POSTINGS > LU SUMMER WORK STUDY PROGRAM (SWSP) > ELIGIBILITY APPLICATION to apply. Apply early to ensure that you are considered for the position you want. You will receive an email within 3-5 business days regarding your eligibility to apply for the SWSP positions.

    Mandatory Training: The SWSP has a mandatory training program that all student workers must attend in order to be eligible for the pay subsidy. At this time, it is a one-time training session. If you have completed the training before, you do not have to do it again. Failure to complete the training will deem you ineligible for the program.

  2. Job Application:

    Once you have received an email confirming your eligibility (form attached), you may apply for SWSP jobs.

Frequently Asked Questions?

Q: How much can I earn?

  • Hourly wages vary depending on the employer and type of work being done. Most students are employed full-time over the summer months (30 hrs/wk minimum).
  • Work Term: April 28- August 31

Q: What is the eligibility criteria?

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Must NOT be on academic probation
  • Must have been registered in a minimum 60% course load (40% with a permanent disability) for the 2018FW term
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be returning in September 2019 as a full-time undergraduate student, or beginning as a new graduate student (current graduate students are ineligible)

Q: Can I be approved for a position and then apply for SWSP?

No, you must complete the Eligibility Application and receive approval before you apply for a SWSP job.

Q: How do I know if I have been approved?

Approved students will receive an email message to their Lakehead University email account with their Confirmation of Eligibility & Hiring Form attached. The Confirmation of Eligibility & Hiring Form should be uploaded with your resume and cover letter when you apply for SWSP jobs.

Q: If I'm approved for the SWSP, does this guarantee me a SWSP job?

No it does not guarantee you will receive employment. You will need to apply for the open jobs and compete for them like you would with other job opportunities.

Q: What are examples of past SWSP jobs on campus?

  • Student Central Greeter
  • Student Ambassador
  • Computing & Network Technician
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • International Student Assistant
  • Indigenous Programming Assistant
  • LUSU Assistants
  • Lab Technician
  • Administrative Officer and MORE!